University of Northern Iowa - Culture and Intensive English Program

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The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) of the University of Northern Iowa strives to provide nonnative speakers of English with intensive English language instruction and a cultural, social and academic orientation to the United States. The CIEP, established in 1982, is an accredited program by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CIEP students participate in listening/speaking, writing and reading classes at seven different levels.

The CIEP sessions begin in August, October, January, March and June. Each session provides 20 classroom hours per week of English language study and cultural orientation. Experienced instructors teach small classes; the CIEP tries to limit its class size to 16 students. Classroom teaching combines instructor presentations, group work and individual projects. Elective courses are available as well.

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students
The CIEP offers courses in three skill areas: Listening/Speaking, Writing and
Reading.
Listening/Speaking courses prepare students to use everyday and academic English so they are comfortable in both the community and university classrooms.
Writing courses use a communicative approach to help students practice, study, and review grammatical structures by offering opportunities for use both inside and outside of class. Instruction focuses on practicing recognition and production of structures by using structures learned in class and applying them to writing class assignments. These courses prepare students to plan, write, and revise their own compositions following the standards of academic English.
These courses prepare students to understand and interact with a variety of writing styles and texts which increase in complexity and length as students advance through the program. Students in all levels work to increase vocabulary and learn strategies for understanding word meanings, understanding construction of sentences, and processing and analyzing texts for better comprehension. As students progress through the levels and work with more challenging texts, the goal remains to increase comprehension and reading speed.
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